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Miller withdraws resignation as DDWS executive director

By Staff | Mar 29, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Ranger Paul Tritaik, Executive Director Birgie Miller, Deputy Refuge Ranger Nate Caswell and Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland at Miller’s pet project, the Learning Lavatories.

As a result of concern expressed about Birgie Miller’s decision to resign from her eight-year post as the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society’s executive director, she had been encouraged to reconsider the move.

“Birgie has played such a major role in DDWS’ growing support for the Refuge over the years,” DDWS President Mike Baldwin said. “With a number of long-range land acquisition, fundraising, education and improvement projects in the works, the DDWS board was therefore pleased when she recently asked that her resignation be rescinded and, as a result, very supportive of her continuing her productive work for the society.”

Miller had tendered her notice in early March to the board, effective as of the summer.

“I knew how difficult it was going to be for me to leave the job I love so much at ‘Ding’ Darling,” Miller said. “After long conversations and much soul-searching, I realized the change I was grasping for in my life was right here – helping to make positive change an ongoing reality at the refuge. I am pleased to announce that I will continue to be a part of what has become true family to me. I look forward to continuing to make a difference with the team we have assembled and am so appreciative of the board’s faith in me.”

A recognition event previously planned for April 5 at the Visitor Center has been canceled.